One of the oldest cases of debate among comic nerds and fanatics has always been the more powerful force between Superman and Supergirl. The logic here is that the two not only share the same physiology but also derive strength from the same source. Not to mention that they have similar powers.
As you might expect, most fans are biased towards their beloved Superman, given that he is a more familiar character. She has achieved far more feats in her time on Earth than the recently introduced Supergirl, battling her own planet, such as Zod, as well as other incredibly powerful forces like Doomsday and Darkseid and defeating them.
Still, there are a few other factors that could top Supergirl. And the recent DC run may have already answered the age-old question.
Supergirl shows off incredible strength
So, to look at it objectively, you’d need a situation where both Superman and Supergirl go up against each other without reservation. Good Crime Syndicate #5, According to their cross-dimensional (Ultraman – Superman and Ultragirl – Supergirl), do just that to distract. In this case, Ultraman is the evil one who wants to destroy Ultragirl’s home, Earth-3.
In this scene, Ultragirl swoops in as Ultraman tries to punch Luthor, blocking her punch with one hand. Keep in mind that Ultraman is actually an evil Superman and therefore highly unlikely to return to his power. To the readers’ shock, she brings him to her knees with one hand, showing just how powerful she is.
Also, according to history, when it comes to powers and skills, DC’s evil doppelgngers have similar traits. So, stopping Ultragirl on Earth-3 wouldn’t be much different if it were happening on Earth-0.
About the yellow sun…
Before moving on, it’s worth noting that body size and muscle mass have little to do with Kryptonian strength. A great deal of their strength is derived when they absorb the radiation of the yellow sun. It is this radiation that is metabolized to increase their speed, physical strength and durability.
From this you can say that their strength can be calculated by the amount of solar energy absorbed by them. So, then who has absorbed more solar energy?
Kara aka Supergirl Has 1 Big Advantage
Most fans jump to say that it is Superman who has absorbed the most solar energy of the two. After all, he came to Earth as a child and it has taken him over 20 years to absorb the Sun’s radiation.
However, a recent reworking of the origins of Kara Zor-El (Supergirl) suggests that Kara was born before Kal-El (Superman) and grew up in Krypton until her teen years. He was then sent to Earth before the period, but ended up being suspended in outer space, absorbing the yellow sun’s radiation. This alone gives Kara an upper hand over her cousin.
On top of that, Kara also grew up in Krypton. Thus, the pressure of high gravity on Krypton created his muscles. This means, even at the muscle level, Kara will still emerge stronger than Kaal, which has been lifted under Earth’s light gravity.
Despite his legendary name and fame, Kal-El, aka Superman, is considered one of the boring superheroes. His fighting skills are not that great in the opinion of many fans, and other fans have even claimed that he had an empty personality. Moreover, he always leads only on his strength against any opponent, which is not that exciting.
So it came as a surprise when Kara looked stronger than Superman in her first appearance. She felt that she had more strength and was very quick. Even Superman could not stand. However, this strength difference was explained.
You see, since his arrival on Earth, Superman has always been stifling his powers to fit in with less powerful or faster humans. Kara, on the other hand, arrived on Earth as an adult. She didn’t know how to harness her powers with the bat, which is why she appeared strong.
However, despite her limitations in holding back power, it’s safe to say that Supergirl is currently stronger than Superman, especially considering the events of Crime Syndicate #5. Supergirl is set to become a much bigger superhero than her Kryptonian relative in the future.
And now, as the Supergirl series comes to a close, we can’t wait to see what spins DC will give to take the story forward.
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